The condition of national cases was quite under control. Simulations of face-to-face learning have been conducted. Elements of education have been prepared
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government had taken necessary precautionary measures against the transmission of COVID-19 while implementing face-to-face learning (PTM) in schools, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin stated.

"I think the government has anticipated (the impact) by implementing health protocols and vaccinations,” the vice president noted after inaugurating a house of worship at Pancasila University, here on Wednesday.

The government will also start administering the third vaccine dose, also known as booster, to the public from mid-January.

The efforts are aimed at minimizing the transmission of COVID-19.

"We have already started in mid-January for the booster, for the third doses of vaccines," he added.

Moreover, he highlighted that the government had also encouraged the implementation of the PeduliLindung application in schools and various public places to monitor community movements and avoid activities that drew crowds.

"Not only in schools, but also in various places, PeduliLindung is used, so that those who enter the school are already confirmed to not be infected," he explained.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) requires all educational units in the region enforcing community activity restrictions (PPKM) levels one, two, and three to hold face-to-face learning in schools.

Face-to-face learning in schools is implemented on account of the fact that currently, most regions in Indonesia have entered the green zone, and there are no areas, with the PPKM level four or red zones.

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Meanwhile, the Jakarta provincial government has implemented face-to-face learning with 100-percent capacity in line with the increase in the PPKM level.

The government has again raised the status of public activities restrictions (PPKM) in Jakarta to Level 2.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the COVID-19 Task Force, Wiku Adi Sasmito, affirmed that the decision to hold face-to-face learning at full capacity was made since the national case count was quite under control.

"The condition of national cases was quite under control. Simulations of face-to-face learning have been conducted. Elements of education have been prepared,” Sasmito stated.

The number of patients confirmed positive for COVID-19 at the Emergency Hospital (RSDC) Wisma Atlet Kemayoran had increased by 168 to reach 1,206, an official earlier noted on Wednesday.

"Patients at the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran in Tower 5 and 6, as of Wednesday, totalled 1,206 people, from the previous 1,038 people recorded yesterday," Head of information for the Defense Area Joint Command (Kogabwilhan) I Marine Colonel Aris Mudian confirmed.

During the previous week, 566 COVID-19 patients were treated at RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, he noted. Thus, within a week, the number of COVID-19 patients at the facility had increased significantly by 640, he added.

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From March 23, 2020, to January 5, 2022, the hospital received 131,282 patients out of which 130,076 patients are no longer at the hospital, Mudian stated.

Based on the information received, out of the 130,076 patients, 1,058 were referred to other hospitals, 128,442 recovered, and 596 people succumbed to the virus.

"Then, the number of patients at the Galang Island Hospital increased by 31, from 183 patients to 214 patients as of Wednesday," Mudian stated.

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